Planet Earth II: one of many fantastic nature and science documentaries

Planet Earth II, the newest BBC wildlife documentary is premiering on BBC America on February 18, 2017!! If you have BBC, definitely watch! There are also more ways to watch, and you can find out how here. I will definitely be watching! It is one of many series that involves Sir David Attenborough. You might remember […]

A vaccine for fake news

There is currently a plague of fake news around the U.S. and like many other educators, scientists and citizens, I am increasingly concerned about the impacts this has on the understanding of science for my students and the public at large. The sheer quantity of information currently available at our fingertips at any point in […]

Trading places: How to deal with a conservation quandary

There were two things that always seemed out of place in the parking lot of the Whole Foods in Edgewater, NJ – my little Subaru crammed in among all the luxury SUVs and the wild monk parakeets. Monk parakeets, are Native to South America, but they were brought to the US to be sold as pets. After […]

How is it that ticks stay attached so well?

  Have you ever wondered how it is that ticks stay attached so well? Their mouthparts are so small that it is difficult to tell the morphology without using a microscope. The following is an incredible video from the New York Times that shows how ticks attach and explains some of the advantages of such […]

Here is where the wild things are

It’s 5:45 am. I need get out of my car and get to work, but I can’t. I’m alone, on a deserted road in the middle of the woods, and something is moving in the bushes right outside my door. There’s a rustling near the ground, then branches shake on a nearby tree, sticks and […]

The great garden escape: the transition from ornamental to naturalized species

This summer I’ve had the pleasure to travel and explore the region I live in. Visiting beautiful arboretums and botanical gardens, driving to parks both new and familiar and hiking the trails, and picking the leaves off invasive flora… Okay, that last one might seem a little strange, let me explain. The last several weeks […]

A (Late) Lichen Update!

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about lichens. In that post, I mentioned that lichens are made up of two separate organisms, a fungus and a photosynthetic alga or cyanobacterium. But I was wrong. In case you missed the great reporting last month on the big news about lichens here, here, here, and […]

Museum workers are not all exhibitionists

I consider the American Museum of Natural History to be my “home” museum. It’s the one I visited as a kid. As it is for many kids, my favorite parts were the dinosaurs, but I also had a soft spot for the astronomical exhibits, and the hall of minerals. This is how most people reflect […]

How understanding the ecology of mosquitoes guides how to prevent pathogen transmission

This past year has been quite a year for mosquitoes. Besides just being a pest at almost any kind of outdoor activity, there is one more pathogen that has been added to the list of pathogens that mosquitoes can transmit: Zika virus. Since the increase in microcephaly cases that were caused by Zika virus in […]

Hermit Crab Psychology and Other Beach Bucket Discoveries

The beach across from my sister’s house in Cape Cod is pretty much perfect. At high tide you can swim without any of those pesky great white sharks turning everyone’s leisure time into sheer terror time. And at low tide this little patch of shoreline transforms into an ecological extravaganza with the emergence of Crabby Island. Crabby Island […]